Siesta Key Travel Guide

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    Siesta Beach
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    Beach Access at Siesta Key
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Siesta Key Highlights

  • Pro
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    HotSpotJ says…

     Great Beach, good food, decent nightlife 

  • Con
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     Not much but bars and restaurants in village, so beaching or drinking for the most part 

  • In a nutshell
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    tpangelinan says…

     A must go for beach lovers! 

Siesta Key Things to Do

  • The sand of Siesta Key

    I know a spent time bigging up the sand on the beaches of Siesta Key, but as Crescent Beach was voted America's #1 Beach, I feel it deserves a little review of it's own.Like I have said, I have seen nicer beaches, but never nicer sand, and rarely a beach so easy and nice to walk along.A report states: “The sand from Siesta Key is 99% pure quartz...

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  • Fishing in Siesta Key

    I don't know what it is, but trying to find places to fish in Florida is an art in itself. It's the sea, it should be free for everyone to fish in, from anywhere, but oh no, not in Florida. I have no idea if fishing in the sea costs in other States, but it shouldn't you know.I understand private lakes and river fishing, but not the sea. Anyway, no...

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  • A lovely walk on a beautiful beach.

    If there is one thing that stands out most, it's the beach, and just walking on the beach is a joy. Lot's of people are walking up and down the beach, all the time. And it's so easy to see why. The beach is firm at the waters edge, and firm and flat for quite a wide part too.It's warm here, with birds diving in the water near you for fish, people...

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  • Visit Siesta Beach

    Siesta Key has a wonderful, laid-back feel to it. I only had a short visit here but I spent that time on the beach where, in October, the waters were wonderfully warm and the sand pristine and white. In fact, it was a good job I had my sunglasses with me because the reflection from the sand was very bright.The beach is very clean and was not overly...

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  • Nightlife island style

    What is nice about the nightlife in Siesta Key is that all the bars are walking distance in Siesta Village. Many open air pubs with live reggae music streaming out. Very fun, but not out of control, this has a much more relaxed vibe compared to Miami Beach

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  • The Village Stroll

    A good way to kill a afternoon or evening is to stroll Siesta Village. This is about a 4 block radius, so an easy walk. Here you will find your standard surf shops, coffeehouses, restaurants with outdoor seating, open air bars built in that classic old school Florida style with wooden planks. Very safe and friendly with some old school Florida...

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  • Why everybody else goes, the beach!

    90% of the reason to go to Siesta Key is the beach. As I said, I cannot emphasize enough how soft and cool the white sands feel on your feet even during the hottest days. The public beach has about 800 parking spaces, so get there early.

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  • Check out Turtle Beach!

    If Siesta Beach is too full the ncheck out Turtle Beach, another beautiful beach here on Siesta Key. Lots of parking, clean water and beach, perfect. Turtle Beach is located near the south end of the island.

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  • The Shelling is good here

    If you like shelling you will have good luck here. The beaches here are great to take a walk and pick up shells so bring a bag with you. if you have little ones this is a great way to keep them busy, bring several bags!

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  • Go to the Beach! Siesta Beach

    Siesta Beach is one of the most perfect beaches we have been to. The beautiful white sand is 99% pure quartz which not your normal crushed coral & shells or rock sand. It very soft, ground finer then sugar and people have said it never get hot. The waves are very calm, great for playing with the little ones. The water is a perfect temp, clean and...

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  • Tropical Wine Tastings

    We stumbled upon this wine shop in the Siesta Village last weekend and they have daily wine tastings of really different types of wines: like mango, pineapple, even carrot. It sounds like it wouldn't be good - but it really was - and I normally don't like fruity wines. We tried almost all their wines and ended up buying a case and having it shipped...

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  • Crescent Beach

    Crescent Beach is basically the same as the famous Siesta Public Beach. Crescent DOES NOT have the lifeguards or the public facilities. It is a smaller beach with limited parking, but if you want to get away from the crowds, this is the place!!At the point on Crescent Beach is where we were told to go snorkeling, as you can see the surf was a...

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Siesta Key Restaurants

  • You too may leave hungry!!!

    Capt. Curt's is supposed to be one of the outstanding seafood restuarants in the Siesta Key area. I feel it is an overpriced tourist trap. For $13 a plate we received 2 pieces of ALASKAN whitefish and 8 shrimp; of course there was a huge mound of fries and a scoop of slaw. When asked if bread came with the meal, the answer was NO. The food was...

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  • Having coffee with Jim Morrison

    The ambience is what makes this coffeehouse, Their is a big moral painting of Jim Morrison which greets you as soon as you walk in. Very cool! Nice cozy couches and wireless internet.

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  • Fantastic food and great value

    This is an Amish restaurant and the food served is typical American fare but with a home cooking style. Service is always promt and friendly and you get more than enough to eat without breaking the bank. Ideal place for families.They have an extensive menu, plus a dish of the day plus a childrens menu.We always leave this restaurant absolutely...

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  • Fantastic seafood

    Casual family restaurant mostly serving seafood with rib and salads too. Chidrens menu available.Seafood in this restaurant is fantastic - the crab salads are really something. Word of warning thought - the size of the servings is enormous unless you are starving! Service is fast and friendly.

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  • Best Italian Buffet

    This was one of the best Italian buffet's I have ever seen. They literally had everything, from steamed mussels to homemade meatballs to shrimp alfredo, homemade pizza and prime rib. We felt that we had stepped into Little Italy. This is a true gem. Don't go to Sarasota and miss this one!! Because this is a buffet, I don't think I could possibly...

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  • My favorite

    When I was a resident of the Key, I lived about a block from Curts and boy did I miss this place when I left. They have a humble little restaurant in the front of the building, the decor combined with some picnic style seating gives this place an old school nautical feel. The bar in the back is a great place to unwind with some locals who are...

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Siesta Key Nightlife

  • Stumble back to the Room

    This place has really expanded since I lived here in 2002. You now have a very cool back bar with a little Tiki atmosphere where you and your new dance partner can go chill out....and this place will be very close to your room if you stay near the Village, so no DUI's involved. Beach attire, at most collared shirts and shorts for the guys.

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  • Oh those frozen drinks

    I got twisted last time I was in the Daiquiri Deck, those drinks are so good and they sneak up on you.... and there are always cute girls working here Beach attire

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  • Beach Club Atmosphere

    Went here on Saturday, had a good time,drinks were not too pricey, this club is not on the Key, its about a mile off of the South bridge on Clark. And, by the time you read this, as clubs go, it might be gone. Beach attire, though I would try to dress up a little if nothing more to impress the opposite sex.

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Siesta Key Transportation

  • Getting around in Siesta Key

    I know that I always seem to mention car hire as the best way to get around in Florida, and Im right too. But for a relaxing break, and if your mobility is good, then Siesta Key is an ideal place to just relax, and walk around. I know, who would have thought I would ever suggest walking anywhere, but if you get yourself some digs close to the...

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  • Car & Plane

    A rental car is the best bet. I am not sure of the public transportation in Siesta Key/Sarasota area. I do know there are cabs. Yet the fee would not be cost effective.Sarasota/Brandenton Airport does have commercial flights arriving and departing.

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Siesta Key Shopping

  • A lot of bling, for little ching! :-)

    Created Gems is a locally owned and operated jewelry store located on picturesque Siesta Key, a barrier island west of Sarasota on Florida's Gulf Coast, 1 hour south of Tampa.The shop has a unique variety of items but specializes in 14kt yellow or white gold jewelry items set with our exclusive Spektralyte-Z diamond alternatives, rings, bracelets,...

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  • Cool Wine and Gift Shop

    This wine shop has a tropical-beach theme with tropical music playing in the background. There's a beautiful lighted large mermaid fountain in the back corner that's a must see. Tropical and citrus wines, ports, sherry's. Mixes for smoothies and sangria. Tropical fruit flavored salsa's, mustard's, dressing's. Fanny May chocolates. Novelty wine...

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Siesta Key Local Customs

  • Sandpipers

    The sandpiper is a funny little bird. It scuttles along the edge of the water hunting for microscopic morsels of food (crustaceans, aquatic insects etc.), but it wont ever let its feet get wet. It is a never-ending game of running towards the receeding tide, pecking at the wet sand and then running back towards dry sand as the next wave rolls in....

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  • The quieter side of the street

    This is the view from my parents' porch. They reside on the intracoastal side of the key. Not as noisy and boisterous as the gulf side. Personally, I favor the views of the intracoastal because there are always boats trolling up and down the waterway.

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  • Noisy Parrots

    Squawking parrots are a common sight on the island. They nest in groups of twenty or so and can cause quite a ruckus when they all get to talking at once.

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Siesta Key What to Pack

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    by bluegaelic Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Be sure to bring a bag that has holes in it for the shelling on the beaches!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: BATHING SUITS!!

    Photo Equipment: Throw away camera for the beach!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen, umbrellas and beach chairs are a MUST HAVE!

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Siesta Key Favorites

  • Lots and lots of gulls

    Many different species of gulls along the Florida coasts. Can be a nuisance, but if you stop to take a closer look, the gull can be a pretty bird. This type is the royal tern. It lives in colonies that can number 10,000. When I was a kid, I'd take scraps of stale bread down to the beach and feed the seagulls. They'd flock around in great numbers....

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  • Condominiums crowd the beach

    Building has been booming ever since I first visited Siesta Key in 1973. Each time there is a new highrise that is fancier than all the rest. Some condominiums are now selling at a price that exceeds $1,000,000. That's a lot of dough for an ocean view.

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  • The Great Blue Heron

    Just sittin on the dock of the bay.Looking for a handout perhaps or maybe just resting his weary wings before he goes in search of the catch of the day.

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